Dating: Do's and Don'ts
Shows the progress of the date, from choosing the right girl and asking her through the last "good night."
Ken Smith remarks: This social guidance "how-to" film has received more camp accolades than any other, and deserves it. Alan Woodruff ("Woody") receives a ticket to admit one couple to the upcoming Hi-Teen Carnival. "One couple," Woody reflects. "That means a date! Not like just going around with the crowd!" Woody decides to ask Ann Davis, who, the narrator points out, "knows how to have a good time." With her perpetual squint and chipmunk cheeks, Ann (pronounced "Ay-yun" by the actors in this film) is the perfect companion for super-nerd Woody. At crucial moments in the date, the narrator stops the action and presents Woody with several possible options for his actions. Happily, Woody makes all the correct decisions and ends up walking home from Ann's doorstep whistling with satisfaction at a job well done. "Thanks so much," says Ann with a toothy grin. "I had LOADS of fun."
DATING DATES GIRLS BOYS TEENAGERS TELEPHONES TELEPHONE CALLS HOT DOG EATING CARNIVAL PARTY KISSING MOMS DADS PARENTS OLDER BROTHERS LITTLE SISTERS
Subject: Go with Anne
Subject: Hooked on phonics
Subject: Nice film
Subject: ....Are You Kiddin'..
Subject: Woody limiting himself
Subject: Jack Webb?????? No!!!!!!
I cannot believe this sily little film caused all the controversy in the reviews below. It is a fluffy little bit of nothing.
I can tell you right now... films like this did NOTHING to make anyone feel better about their fears of looking stupid in social situations. You still felt like you were the only one in the world who just did not fit in... but, the truthful thing is, 99% of people all felt this way.
Subject: Re A Sweet Nightmare
Subject: Ann is the one.
That's the girl I want!
Subject: Re A Sweet Nightmare
Subject: Re: A Sweet Nightmare
Subject: My Review--A classic!
Subject: A Sweet Nightmare
I am just glad that I was born in the late 70's, and didn't have to live through the sweet nightmare of the 50's. It is amazing how the moral code determined that everything should be standardized, shallow and edulcorated.
Subject: Cute little instruction film for its time
Subject: Has anyone mentioned this before on this site
Subject: Sweet and innocent.
Maybe life was never really that innocent but it's not an outlandish ideal.
Subject: Select a Date to Load
The second 'goodbye' ending was the best.
Subject: Dating Advice for Boys
Subject: The other girls
And I LOVED the second possible ending where Woody hightails it out of there, leaving Ayyyun to wonder what the hell happened! Here's a question: why is she eating cotton candy with such gusto but is so dainty with the hot dog?
Note: phallic symbols abound in this film.
Subject: One of the greats!
Subject: Dating Do's and Don't's
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *****. Also available on Exploitation Mini-Classics, Vol. 1 and Mental Hygiene.